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Teeny-Weeny Mouse-Deer Born

Though they are not closely related to true deer, mouse-deer are so named because they resemble tiny deer. The smallest of the hoofed mammals, mouse-deer stand just about 12 inches (30 cm) high when fully grown. The Java mouse-deer, Tragulus javanicus, is under threat as a result of habitat loss, and breeding programs have been established to try to preserve the species. One such program at a zoo in Spain has announced the recent birth of a cute, little, hamster-sized, baby Java mouse-deer. More...
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The java mouse deer has big eyes, a small nose and has a certain rodent aspect to its features, hence the name. Many traditional stories in Asia state that the creature is very intelligent. While the males lack antlers, they have tusks that are effective weapons against other rival males and are capable of producing deep wounds.
These little creatures are nocturnal and difficult to spot in the wild, where they live in a tropical forest environment. The species has been affected by deforestation and habitat destruction in both Java and Bali and are also regularly hunted and eaten as a delicacy. They are also valued for their fur and are often sold as pets.

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